Angkor Photo Festival Exposes Young Talent

Angkor Photo Festival Exposes Young Talent

Samia El-Balawi

The city of Siem Reap – the gateway to the Angkor temple complex – is preparing to host the Angkor Photo Festival, which will focus on three areas: exhibitions, workshops and the Anjali Kids Photo Workshop. Established in 2005, the event has recently become a member of the Asia Pacific Photo Forum, joining other cities like Auckland, Sydney and Pingyao as a supporter of renowned and respected photography exhibitors. In an event that aims to showcase emerging Asian talent, this year there will be over 110 photographers of which 70 will be from Southeast Asian nations.

Various venues across Siem Reap will hold exhibitions, such as the FCC Angkor Boutique Hotel, site of the opening night. Indoor displays will also be held at the McDermott Gallery, where you can view Krzysztof Wladyka’s Animalies and Roger Ballen’s Boarding House; both on show from 17 November until 8 December. 1961 Gallery presents Swat Valley – Pakistan by Singaporean photographer, Edwin Koo, as well as a group exhibition entitled Asian Street Photography. Outdoor exposure is given at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor to Matthieu Paley’s Forgotten on the Roof of the World: Life in Afghanistan’s Remotest Mountains, while Try Sophal and Chan Sokdam will exhibit The HALO Trust.

Free workshops for aspiring photojournalists will be given by several accomplished photographers, like Paula Bronstein – who has a wide selection of prints available with photo agency, Getty Images; Patrick de Noirment from News-Pictures.com; Carolyn O’Neill and Justin Mott. These photojournalists, among others, will volunteer their time in a feature which has seen many past students of the workshops advance in their field and gain notable projects from various media organisations worldwide.

In addition, the Anjali Kids Photo Workshop, which was conceived by French photographer and member of Magnum Photos, Antoine d’Agata, will provide local disadvantaged children with the chance to learn the art of using a camera. It was from this workshop that Anjali House was born – an NGO set up to provide kids with food, shelter, and education that continues to this day. The results of this year’s workshop will be showcased at a special ‘Children’s Day’ on 23 November, where attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the organisation’s first publication, Cambodia, Our Vision. Published last year, it features the photography of children who participated in 2008-09.

Staying in Siem Reap, visitors can find all sorts of accommodation. If you’re looking for a boutique experience, check into the Central Boutique Angkor Hotel with its Kymer decor, onsite swimming pool, and an in-house restaurant. The Pavillion d’Orient Hotel – set within two colonial mansions – boasts an open air restaurant and salt water swimming pool. And the Hotel De La Paix – home of the Thev Gallery – provides stylish 5-star accommodation, with various restaurants, a spa, and swimming pool. More Siem Reap Hotel Promotions can be found on our website.

For more information on the Angkor Photo Festival from 19 to 26 November, visit: www.photographyforchange.net

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